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  • Government Executive: House Passes Bills to Require Body Cameras and Use of Force Oversight for VA Police, Boost Department’s HR
    Posted in In the News on June 16, 2021 | Preview rr

    The House on Tuesday passed several bills to bring increased scrutiny and oversight to the Veterans Affairs Department, including its police force and human resources department. The VA Police Force Improvement and Accountability Act (H.R. 2429) would shed a light on use of force by the department’s 4,000 officers and institute other transparency initiatives. It would also require all officers to wear body cameras that record and store audio and video. The department would have to publish inform... Read more

  • NEWSDAY: New York lawmakers to JPMorgan Chase: Refund overdraft fees
    Posted in In the News on June 16, 2021 | Preview rr

    An open letter from two congresswomen calls for JPMorgan Chase & Co. to refund millions of dollars in overdraft fees collected during the pandemic. The letter released Wednesday by Reps. Kathleen M. Rice and Carolyn B. Maloney was addressed to chief executive Jamie Dimon. It accuses Chase, the No. 1 U.S. bank by assets, of charging "staggering" overdraft fees on Long Island and elsewhere during the pandemic. "Last year, JPMorgan Chase (JPM) collected nearly $1.5 billion in overdraft fees, which ... Read more

  • PATCH: Rep. Rice Introduces Trio Of Impaired Driving Bills
    Posted in In the News on June 7, 2021 | Preview rr

    GARDEN CITY, NY — Congresswoman Kathleen Rice has introduced a trio of bills in the House of Representatives that would help educate the public on the dangers of impaired and distracted driving, as well as bring New York's Leandra's Law nationwide. Rice — whose fight against drunken driving goes back to her days as Nassau County's district attorney — introduced the three bills on June 1. The Drug-Impaired Driving Education Act would create a $10 million annual grant program for states to apply ... Read more

  • PIX11: Big child tax credit incentive to file taxes on time
    Posted in In the News on May 14, 2021 | Preview rr

    NEW YORK — Tax Day 2021 is Monday, May 17 and there is good reason for parents in particular to file on time: new expanded child tax credits. Congressman Tom Suozzi estimates 440-thousand children on Long Island will benefit, and 3.4 million will benefit statewide. He and fellow Long Island Democrat Kathleen Rice held a joint press conference Friday to encourage parents to get their taxes in order by Monday in so they can get the money. “It’s money going directly into family’s pockets to put foo... Read more

  • PATCH: LI Reps Urge Parents To File Taxes, Qualify For Child Tax Credit
    Posted in In the News on May 14, 2021 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, DC — The expanded child tax credit, which is available under the American Rescue Plan, will benefit over 400,000 children on Long Island, the region's Democratic Congressional caucus members announced Friday as they urged families to file their taxes on time to take advantage of the provision. U.S. Reps Thomas Suozzi and Kathleen Rice hosted a Zoom meeting to remind Long Island families to file their 2020 Federal tax returns by Monday, noting the expanded child tax credit has increa... Read more

  • PATCH: Proposed Bill Would Protect LIers From Flood Insurance Hikes
    Posted in In the News on May 6, 2021 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON — Congresswoman Kathleen Rice (D—NY), who represents many south shore homeowners in flood zones, announced a program to give families a clearer understanding of rising flood insurance rates. Should the bill pass, the Federal Emergency Management Agency must release a comprehensive analysis for new flood rates at least six months before making changes to the National Flood Insurance Program. The bill, put forth by Rice and Congressman Andrew Garbarino (R—NY), would also halt any adjus... Read more

  • Newsday: Bill would protect Long Island homeowners facing Sandy 'clawbacks'
    Posted in In the News on April 15, 2021 | Preview rr

    Legislation introduced this week in the Senate aims to help Long Island homeowners facing potential "clawback" of Superstorm Sandy recovery funds. The measure introduced Tuesday by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) proposes a remedy for financial hardships afflicting people whose homes were damaged by the 2012 storm. A similar bill was expected to be introduced Thursday in the House by Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City). In the aftermath of the storm, homeowners were urged to apply for loans from... Read more

  • LI Herald: Rice aims to check the rising cost of flood insurance
    Posted in In the News on April 15, 2021 | Preview rr

    Responding to a study showing that flood insurance premiums could increase to nearly five times what they are now, U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice is looking to introduce legislation that will limit the increasing cost. Rice, who represents New York’s 4th Congressional District, which includes the Five Towns, said in a March 9 news realease that she plans to submit a bill that would require the Federal Emergency Management Agency to report to Congress and publicly disclose the methods and sources of dat... Read more

  • Yahoo: U.S. Reps. Dingell, McKinley and Rice Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Eliminate Drunk Driving
    Posted in In the News on March 25, 2021 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON -- New bipartisan legislation introduced today would ultimately require car manufacturers to install drunk driving prevention technology as standard equipment in new vehicles. U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell (D-Michigan), David McKinley (R-West Virginia) and Kathleen Rice (D-New York) introduced a bill that would require the U.S. Department of Transportation to issue a rulemaking to make this lifesaving technology available in all new passenger vehicles. The Honoring Abbas Family L... Read more

  • Spectrum NY1: Federal Lawmakers Question NCAA's Gender Inequities
    Posted in In the News on March 23, 2021 | Preview rr

    An independent investigation is needed amid reports of unequal gym facilities at the NCAA's Division I college basketball tournaments this month, Rep. Kathleen Rice said Monday. The Long Island Democrat, in a letter with fellow lawmakers, also raised the possibility of an independent investigation of the separate facilities. Social media posts by players showed vast differences between equipment available to men and women at the tournament. The episode has highlighted the wider disparity in how ... Read more